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Apple's Smaller Dock Connector Reportedly Coming to Entire iOS Device Lineup Including iPad This Fall

iMore, which was the first source to report that Apple will be moving to a smaller dock connector with the launch of the next-generation iPhone, now claims that Apple will be moving its entire lineup of iOS devices to the new connector later this year. This includes the current 9.7-inch iPad, which was just updated in March.
iMore has learned that Apple intends to update their entire lineup of iOS device products to support the new, miniaturized Dock connector, and to do it as early the rumored September 12 special event this fall. This would include the new iPhone 5, the the new iPod nano and iPod touch, the rumored 7-inch iPad mini, and an updated version of the current 9.7-inch iPad.
iMore notes that the source of the new information is the same person who originally shared word of Apple's move to the new dock connector, and with numerous other mainstream news reports and parts leaks supporting the original claim, the source does appear to have accurate information.
Apparently, Apple believes consistent Dock connectors across the line, and other improvements they're able to make to the new iPad this point, are more important than sticking to yearly release schedules.

Case openings for dock connectors on iPhone 4S (left) and claimed next-generation iPhone (right)

iLounge last week hinted at some changes for the fourth-generation iPad with the suggestion that the device could launch with the smaller dock connector later this year, but iLounge expressed skepticism about that possibility given the relatively short time since the last update to the device.

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28 months ago

Wow. Stating the bleeding obvious.....


It was obvious they'd be updating the iPad just six months after the last update?
Rating: 32 Votes
28 months ago
Hope it's MagSafe!
Rating: 18 Votes
28 months ago
Wow. Stating the bleeding obvious.....
Rating: 11 Votes
28 months ago
I still don't believe they will have another update for the iPad this year.
Rating: 10 Votes
28 months ago

I still don't believe they will have another update for the iPad this year.


but now they have a reason to update it. I think this makes a lot of sense (especially with apple removing the naming convention entirely). Apple can simply say "now we have updated our iPad to use this new dock connector.... and we have also managed to get improved battery life!"

It's a perfect excuse for a mini-update. From now on we will refer to the products as iPad (early 2012), iPad (late 2012), the same as we do for the Mac lineup. Makes sense. ALSO, I predict the iPad mini will simple be called "iPad" but will be a difference size variant. Same as how the Macbook Air comes in 11" and 13", but you don't call one the "Macbook Air Mini" or any other such nonsense.

And now this gives Apple the liberty to update products according to their own timeline... not some abitrary "1 year" timeline. It's all coming together now... There is a method to their maddness.
Rating: 7 Votes
28 months ago

That's not what I am says. I'm saying it's weak that Apple didn't implement this in March. Else, they should have waited until March.


The newer dock was just recently finalize. If it was implemented on 3rd-gen iPad, you will rant probably why they didn't implement it on iPhone 4S? it's just out you know, bla bla
Rating: 7 Votes
28 months ago
Oh boy, no top comment, my time to shine:

OMG it's not the iPhone 5!! It's gonna be the new iphone roooaaaarrr!!!
Rating: 6 Votes
28 months ago

I call BS. Apple won't update the iPad mid cycle. If it was going to get a mini dock port they would have put one on it when it was released.All current models will stay the same.
Not sold on them releasing an iPad mini this year either. Unless they just make the iPod touch bigger.


I don't think they'd announce it. Just like they do silent spec bumps on iMacs and others mid-cycle.
Rating: 5 Votes
28 months ago
Samsung announces smaller dock connector coming out this Winter
Rating: 5 Votes
28 months ago

Wow, weak move Apple. Weak move. Updating a product that was, well, just updated (I'm talking about the third-generation iPad here).

The third-generation iPad was introduced and released in March, but there are still countries out there where it has only been released just recently (see China for example, the third-gen iPad launch was just a few weeks ago: July 20).


Wow, so implementing a newer dock makes the older product unusable? You making it as a big deal but it's not really a problem. Also, the newer dock was just recently finalize. If it was implemented on 3rd-gen iPad, you will rant probably why they didn't implement it on iPhone 4S? it's just out you know, bla bla
Rating: 4 Votes

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